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Name: Fred W. Whitehouse, MD

Born: May 6, 1926

Died: March 1, 2019 (92)

SMC Member: November 10, 2009 (9)

Memorial Service: March 16, 2019. Reception with Family: 8:30 a.m., Service: 9:30 a.m.
Location: St James Lutheran Church, 170 McMillan Rd, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

Fred W. Whitehouse, M.D. (May 6, 1926—March 1, 2019), of Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, was a pioneer in the treatment of diabetes, working tirelessly in patient care and diabetes research for 60 years. Born in Chicago, IL, and raised in Dallas, TX, he completed his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University in 1945 and his doctorate of medicine at the University of Illinois in 1949. He served as a private in the US Navy during WWII, helping to administer the new drug penicillin to wounded soldiers recovering at the base in Pensacola, FL, and later served as a flight surgeon during the Korean War. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in 1954 and a fellowship in diabetes at Boston’s Joslin Diabetes Clinic under Dr. Elliott Joslin. He joined the staff of Henry Ford Hospital in 1955 and served for more than 30 years as Division Head of Metabolic Diseases and then the combined Endocrinology & Metabolism Division from 1962 to 1995. He remained active on staff until his retirement in 2015.

Dr. Whitehouse was involved in numerous clinical research trials, including the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) that confirmed the importance of close control of blood glucose levels to prevent diabetes complications. He served as President for both the national American Diabetes Association (ADA) and Michigan Diabetes Association and was the recipient of many awards for his work, including the ADA Banting Medal, Outstanding Clinician Award, and Outstanding Physician Educator. A Master of the American College of Physicians, Dr. Whitehouse served on many national, state, and local medical organizations and committees. He contributed extensively to the peer-reviewed literature with nearly 180 publications, the most recent being in 2017 at the age of 90, and served as both reviewer and editor for several diabetes publications. At Henry Ford Hospital, the Fred W. Whitehouse Distinguished Career Award and the Fred W. Whitehouse Endowed Chair in Endocrinology have been named in his honor.

Dr. Whitehouse was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 64 years, Iris Jean, whom he met at Henry Ford Hospital when she was a floor nurse and he was a medical resident. He is survived by his loving family – daughters Dr. Martha (Larry) Gray, Amy (Tom) Kliman, and Sarah Whitehouse, eight grandchildren (Kendra, Julia, Evan, Brian, Andrew, Alexander, Benjamin, Alexandra) and 13 great-grandchildren.

Donations in memory of Dr. Fred Whitehouse may be made to the American Diabetes Association, St. James Lutheran Church in Grosse Pointe Farms, or the Fred Whitehouse Endowed Chair in Endocrinology and Metabolism at Henry Ford Health System.

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